The websites that we visit daily are not hanging in the air – you know this well. There are definite hosting entities that host those websites.
Ok, fine, that might not seem as a major problem, but if you remove the veneer of “we do this and we do that” from the faces of those web hosting companies, you’d find a yearn for nothing but a monthly payment.
Perhaps I’m using very terse sentences, but that is that.
The web hosting companies do charge a lot for the computational and the storage spaces that your site would require. Yes, charging that is necessary for running their services in the most utmost form, but come to think of the larger picture, everything seems to go in vain.
Simply because your website is still hosted on the “centralized” internet with ISP servers using biased methods to direct traffic to one website than the other; thus, killing the net neutrality before it even takes its first breath.
Aside from this, the hardware access points such as servers and hubs act more than just a monitoring tool for certain entities such as governments, they act as magnets attracting hackers from around the world; thus, endangering the personal data of the users.
In this case, only blockchain could provide a solution, and this is where the application of the Substratum comes into play.
Substratum – A truly decentralized web
Substratum serves to eliminate the need for any data barriers or ISPs by allowing the private computers of people around the world to act as the hosting points.
In simpler words, Substratum is creating a web that is decentralized, based on the existing architecture of the internet and is completely cost-effective to use. In its realms, users will be able to access content on the internet, err…decentralized internet, without any governing bodies or intermediaries.
The architecture of The Substratum Network
Decentralization in today’s world doesn’t need any definition as Blockchain has quite aptly described it and has practically put it to good use. The Substratum Network also utilizes this tech to create easy to access peer-to-peer internet and an efficient (not to mention cost-effective) web hosting realm.
Its architecture is based on three principal things:
1. Substratum Host
This is where the Substratum targets the web hosting industry of today. By allowing peer-to-peer hosting through one hell of an easy to use software, it completely eliminates the need for the Virtual Private Servers or Cloud Hosting Servers such as the Amazon Web Services.
This P2P network does have costs associated, but there’s a catch.
If you are a website owner looking to host your website on Substratum, you would only have to pay for the time people visit your website. There has been a certain threshold for this and that is 1 Atom (Atom is the measuring scale at the Substratum just like cents). Once 1 Atom computational power of the host’s hardware is consumed when people visit your website, you would be charged accordingly through micro-transaction.
But whom would you pay?
2. The Substratum Node
This is the network of the computers that you’d pay for hosting your website. The Substratum Node can be any computer in the whole wide world and it does not require any sophisticated hardware or anything to host a website in the Substratum Network. All the user or the node would have to have is a Substrate Wallet Address to receive Substratum – the token of the network.
does not require any sophisticated hardware or anything
is real, for your information, thanks to the easy-to-install and super-easy-to-use UI of the application of the Substratum that allows a node (the user) to tweak the amount of GPU, CPU, and RAM he or she allows. It’s just simple as that. No additional requirements or hairsplitting technical knowledge of the blockchain (or the smart contracts. Even saying it gives me a headache. Don’t mind, I’ve got a slow processor up there).
With that, the user can also control the times and the days they allow the Substratum Network to use their hardware.
3. The Substratum Token
As it is a norm with every blockchain, Substratum, too, is run by its cryptocurrency called SUB.
SUB is based on the architecture of the ERC20 on the Ethereum Blockchain and it fuels the network by being the medium of payment from the host to the node (the rhymes!).
It has dollars and cents equivalents in the form of Substrate and Atoms, respectively, and it uses the fiat currency model of rounding up the numbers to second decimal place.
The role of the CryptoPay
The circulation of the SUB is governed by the host-node micro transactions. That has been cleared. But with that, the user-website interaction, such as a purchase made, the user on a website is also governed by SUB and other currencies.
This is where the role of the CryptoPay comes in. Users can use it just like they use PayPal or Stripe in order to pay for the purchase in their desired currency, which is later converted to the desired currency of the vendor by keeping SUB as the conversion currency.
The role of the AI
Since Substratum strives to become a full-fledged decentralized network, it would have to deal with thousands and even millions of websites created almost daily. Thanks to its AI that leverages the information of a node and its computational power, the websites would not only be run smoothly, they would also experience less downtime. This means any website on the Substratum network would be able to use suitably available nodes automatically.
Substratum – The disrupter of the hosting industry
By now, you must have grasped the legitimacy of Substratum to completely chop the current web hosting system into pieces. I mean it is evident from its features and its promise of a decentralized web that it is the basis of the future of the internet where hosting would be cost-effective and web neutrality is a reality.
So, this was all about the Substratum. If you wish to become a node, simply download the UI from here.